Is Self Hypnosis Suitable For Everyone?

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Is Self-Hypnosis Suitable For Everyone? Risks Revealed

If you’re fascinated by self-hypnosis and you’d like to try it out but you are not sure is self-hypnosis suitable for everyone, I think you really should find out more before going into a hypnotic trance. After all, what if you are one of those people who, because of a mental health condition, shouldn’t go into a hypnotic state? What if you emerge from an altered state of consciousness with false memories? After all, we’ve all probably seen some movie or other where hypnosis has had some creepy effect on the person. As a result, the popular belief is that hypnosis of any form is somehow “dangerous”.

You may even be one of those people who is sceptical and asks “does self-hypnosis work?”. Well, I’ve been a clinical hypnotherapist for about fifteen years at the time of writing this article and I think I can help dispel some of your fears, and help you to understand some good news about the relaxed state of hypnosis so that you may use self-hypnosis techniques to get good results for yourself. In this article, you’ll find out the truth about whether hypnosis is dangerous or not.

Can Anyone Do Self Hypnosis?

I believe that everyone actually “does” self-hypnosis every single day of their lives to a greater or lesser extent. It is a very natural state. What I mean by this is that we all “drift off”, or “zone out” at times. We don’t call that self-hypnosis but that’s essentially it. The problem is that when we sit or lie down to do a self-hypnosis session, we think it’s something different and when we can’t seem to do it within five minutes, many of us get frustrated and think that we just can’t do it.

The main barriers to experiencing a goodv state of deep relaxation are

  1. Incorrect Expectations: if you expect you’re going to experience mental states that you have never experienced before, or if you think that those states “should” be immediately identifiable as hypnosis, then you are sabotaging your experience before you begin.
  2. Lack Of Ability To Focus: if you suffer from a racing mind or if you overthink regularly, you are going to find it more difficult to experience hypnosis. This does not mean you are unable to experience the state of self-hypnosis. It just means that you may have to be patient.
  3. Being Judgemental Of Ourselves: if you jump to a judgement very quickly that it’s not working for you,or that you can’t do it, then you are likely to give up. In order to experience the benefits of self-hypnosis, you must be prepared to practice until you succeed.
  4. Not Having An Open Mind: If you are already sceptical that any form of self-hypnosis even exists, then you have already programmed yourself to look for evidence that it doesn’t work and you’ll give up much quicker than you should.

Who Should Not Use Hypnosis

So, is it true that some people should not avail of the use of hypnosis? Actually, that is true. Any good certified hypnotist will tell you that as part of their training, they learn to ask their potential clients certain questions to filter out those who shouldn’t undergo hypnosis. Here are the people a trained therapist would never use a hypnotic induction with:

  • Psychosis: if you are suffering with psychosis, depending on your specific problem, hypnosis may make your condition worse.
  • Hallucinations: if you already suffering from hallucinations, going into hypnosis and imagining people or situations to be real could be very unhelpful.
  • Delusions: having a belief about something even though the evidence completely contradicts your belief. 
  • Borderline Personality Disorder: if you have problems managing your emotions, receiving therapeutic suggestions to experience certain new feelings may cause unexpected effects
  • Epilepsy: especially if your epileptic episodes are not fully managed by your medication, it can be dangerous to listen to self hypnosis audio recordings in case something that’s said inadvertently triggers an epileptic fit. Sufferers with epilepsy know that a change of emotional state can trigger a seizure.
  • Schizophrenia: if you suffer from schizophrenia, you should not listen to self hypnosis audio recordings without the guidance and oversight of a psychiatrist. Some studies have shown that hypnosis can be benefical in the treatment of this problem. However, this is above the pay-grade of most hypnotherapists. In this case, clinical hypnosis should only be used in a clinical setting by health professionals with experience of dealing with schizophrenia.

Is Self Hypnosis Dangerous?

is self hypnosis dangerous

Self-hypnosis is generally regarded as perfectly safe for most people and it’s potential benefits to your daily life can be transformative. Just getting daily practice of the relaxation process, you are likely to improve your ability to focus, concentrate, feel more reaxed, live more in the present moment and have a more positive attitude. Most good candidates for self-hypnosis find it to be a useful tool that helps normalize their blood pressure, slow their brain activity and experience progressive muscle relaxation.

People who should exercise caution in using the trance-like state of hypnosis are those who are suffering with a chronic pain condition.  The obvious danger is that hypnosis takes your pain away and then you do damage to yourself without knowing. Hypnosis is a powerful tool but it should always be used with the proper level of caution. An example of using hypnosis in a dangerous way would be having a headache and using hypnosis to take it away only to find a couple of weeks later that your headache was a warning about a brain tumour.

It is for this reason that I would always suggest that if you are in any doubt if hypnosis or self-hypnosis are suitable for you, seek medical advice first. 

Does Self Hypnosis Audio Downloads Work?

Hundreds of thousands of people who donwload and listen to self hypnosis audio recording would answer this question by giving a resounding “yes”. As a matter of fact, there is quite a deal of scientific evidence that backs up my assertion that self hypnosis works. However, as with everything, there are a couple of caveats. Here’s what I recommend

  1. Buy A Book On Self Hypnosis: buy a good book on the subject and  educate yourself on what to expect and how to successfully achieve a suggestible state.
  2. Make Sure You Like The Voice: make sure you like the voice of the person who has made the recording. It is not a good idea to listen to recordings made by someone who voice reminds you of a cheese grater!
  3. Goal Of Self-Hypnosis: know what your specific goal is in advance. For instance, if you want to train your unconscious mind to achieve gradual weight loss or overcome bad habits, then use a recording that is specifically designed for that purpose
  4. Daily Basis: make sure you commit to daily hypnotic practice for at least thirty days. It is best to have a point of focus on a specific change you desire rather than using a different one each day.
  5. Comfortable Clothing: always wear something comfortable before you begin your daily practice. Uncomfotable clothing can be a big distraction and can prevent you from achieving a deep state of relaxation
  6. Immediate Environment: make sure your immediate environment is safe from interruption during your self-hypnosis session. I always recommend, for best results, going to your bedroom and locking the door so that others can’t disturb you. For the positive suggestions to have the best effect on your subconscious mind, you need to know you won’t be disturbed.
  7. Deep Breath: I always suggest taking a couple of deep breaths at the beginning. This is like a signal to our body that it has permission to relax deeply.

Who Is Susceptible To Hypnosis?

There are a number of factors that make a person more susceptible to hypnosis.

  1. Motivation: if you are highly motivated to go into the state of hypnosis because you believe it is the “only thing” that can help you, then you are more likely to experience a hypnotic trance. So this implies that a person may not be susceptible today but that doesn’t mean that there may not be a moment in future where that person become much more motivated and can then easily experience hypnotic tance.
  2. Ability To Concentrate: if you have a decent ability to concentrate, this should help you to experience a more satisfying level of trance
  3. External Focus Of Attention: if your mnd is too busy doing it’s own interanl judgement or criticism, you may find it difficult to experience hypnosis. However, if you can quieten that internal voice just for a bit, you can focus on what the voice on the recording is saying and 
  4. Positive Expectation: if you firmly believe you will experience a hypnotic trance, you are more likely to.
  5. Language Skills: if the hypnosis recording you are listening to isn’t in your native language, you may have difficulty absorbing the post-hypnotic suggestions for positive changes.


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Is Self Hypnosis Good For You?

Because our mind and body are forever interlinked, you can create auto suggestions that are individual to you that can have tremendous benefits, both mental and physical. Here are some of the positive outcomes that can be achieved using hypnosis

  1. Overcoming Limiting Fears – using different techniques, you can reduce or eliminate a fear that has held you back or limited your life. Examples would be Fear Of Public Speaking, Fear Of Flying, Fear of Driving, Fear Of Failure, etc.
  2. Reducng Or Eliminating Overthinking – overthinking has become the scourge of our modern world. Imagine how life would be if you could stop thinking those scary, negative “what if’s”.
  3. Managing Your Stress – life in the 21st century has become very stressful, with demanding jobs, both parents working, huge mortgages, etc. Imagine if you could feel more balanced and calm by just spending half an hour each day prioritising relaxation and self-hypnosis.
  4. Losing Weight Successfully – our mind regularly sabotages us when we are trying to lose weight. Imagine if you craved only healthy food and only the correct portions three times a day. Imagine if you absolutely loved drinking two litres of water every day.
  5. Quitting Your Addiction – hypnosis has long been used to help people Stop Smoking Successfully, Stop Vaping Successfully, Overcome Cocaine Addiction, etc.
  6. Gaining More Confidence – confidence is just simply a function of what we believe about ourselves and about others. Imagine if you could simply change that so that you had all the confidence you ever needed?
  7. Sleeping Better – listening to a self hypnosis audio can help you to sleep better and longer.
  8. Simply Becoming More Relaxed – with regular use of hypnosis over a long time (minimum of one month), you should find that you are much more relaxed in everyday life.

Is Self Hypnosis The Same As Meditation?

There are quite a number of similarities and some surprising differences between self-hypnosis and meditation. If you’re interested in finding out more about the various forms of meditation and hypnosis and their similaritesies and differnces, you’ll really enjoy a recent article of mine called Meditation Vs Hypnosis: What’s The Big Difference?


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